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Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:27 pm
by webmaster
Recently someone has tried to hack into a number of bulletin boards across the net, including ours. If you tried to log in, and got a message on the first attempt that you have exceeded the number of log-in attempts, then someone has been trying to guess your password. This happened to a number of our members over the weekend, the moderator included.

How to prevent this? Use a "strong" password which is one that includes numbers and letters that would seem random to anyone but you.

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:50 pm
by mommyjen
Dang this just happened to me when I logged in. I do have a rather unguessable password though so hopefully they didn't get it.

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:21 am
by Kenny V
webmaster wrote:Recently someone has tried to hack into a number of bulletin boards across the net, including ours. If you tried to log in, and got a message on the first attempt that you have exceeded the number of log-in attempts, then someone has been trying to guess your password. This happened to a number of our members over the weekend, the moderator included.
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Dang I thought you were taking one more precaution. And now it only shows or opened up a new window for the thieves to clime in once again…



How to prevent this? Use a "strong" password which is one that includes numbers and letters that would seem random to anyone but you



NOW I have a Q WEB MASTER and or MODERATOR BILL

What happened to all the members who logged in at that time and PUT IN THEIR PASSWORD?

Does that mean it was confiscated or in some way they user name compromised?

Or are you saying someone was trying to LOG IN UNDER the SAME name at the SAME time???/

Thanks for your reply. I think there may be many who would like to know


Concerned Dad
Kenny V

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:43 am
by webmaster
Just to clarify: our board was NOT hacked. The reason some of you got an screen telling you you had exceeded the number of login attempts is because someone could NOT access your account, and the board cut off their attempts.

Hacking is not the right word for it: it's more someone trying to guess passwords and getting shut down.

To discourage these people, I have limited the number of times anyone can imput a password incorrectly. That means some of you will imput the wrong password -- we all do from time to time -- and get the CAPTCA code screen.

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:14 pm
by BTDT
Thanks for explaining this, I got the message too and couldn't figure out why.

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:59 am
by webmaster
Here's a Microsoft web page about creating strong passwords: http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx

It's best to include upper and lower case letters and numbers in one password. Microsoft recommends thinking of a sentence and then using the first letter of each word in the sentence for your password, with upper and lower case and numbers.

Re: Hacking Attempts -- Use Strong Passwords

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:31 pm
by Animal
the length of password that mostly base own ones around is this long:
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its not good having them saved on a computer but to complicated so have done the next best thing by having them in an encrypted password locked file [locked with a password that has been stuck in echolalia for years].
the long version is a total mix up of capital letters,lowercase,numbers,special characters etc.
means blackhat hackers wont be able to use dictionary attacks and itd take them many,many years to brute force it.